In 2016, Brazoria County experienced major flooding due to Hurricane Harvey and received over $15M in disaster relief funds. The County elected to apply a portion of these funds toward “desnagging” 49 miles of Oyster Creek and Bastrop Bayou by removing vegetative and flood-related debris via barge-mounted operations. This minimally invasive approach avoided expensive and lengthy environmental review and approval and resulted in the restoration of these watersheds to natural hydraulic conditions with an immediate reduction in flood risk.
Clay Forister PE, CFM
Assistant County Engineer